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Atlanta Braves find plenty of excuses for loss to Phillies

For the second consecutive season, the Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta into the ground after a regular season in which the latter dusted off the first in the standings. It has no meaning, it’s just fun to watch.

Atlanta seemed to spend more time trying to voice their grievances than finding great success from the moment this series began. But then, when you move the entire organization to White Flight Condos And Spa, it’s probably not surprising that they think they are entitled to much more than what they received.

We will take care of all of them.

First, Orlando Arcia’s mishegas somehow got bigger and dumber. Probably because MLB Network’s Alanna Rizzo, who, to quote Tony Mendez, if she had one intelligent thought in her head she would die of loneliness, decided to bleat the tired crap about bloggers versus real writers, as if the latter were actually providing everything. Fans wanted the first one probably wouldn’t exist.

Since he not only works for MLB’s official megaphone, but also spends his afternoons emitting noxious fumes with Chris Russo, one of the world’s biggest noise polluters, we know exactly where his credibility lies.

We’ve heard all this before from the crowd of cranky baseball writers, where only those who really know understand what it means to be a midfielder in a clubhouse, which has always smacked of nerds happily hanging out with jocks for once. . And that there is a kind of protocol, unspoken, of course, about what is available to be reported and what is not. It sounds a lot like carrying water and those desperately trying to cling to their “cool” credibility instead of doing their job, but what do I know, I’m just a drunk with thoughts. If there is some kind of “code,” how much is everyone hiding?

As Britt Ghiroli noted:

Or Chelsea Janes:

If Arcia had run after Game 2 so excited that he had Spencer Strider’s underwear on his head, it would be a funny anecdote that would go on record as much as what Arcia did. What really pisses off Arcia and Atlanta is that they were made to look like fools when Bryce Harper stuck his foot up their butts from the side.

Bad appearance for Acuña

Speaking of meanness:

Patrick Beverly does this and everyone loses the mud.

Excuses are like. . .

A long time ago, that is, in Game 1, it was the layoff that put Atlanta behind the 8 ball. It wasn’t fair that they had five days off. Curious story, when Atlanta won the World Series in 2021 it had four days off between the regular season and the start of the Division Series. The Astros didn’t seem to mind the offseason last year. The 2018 Red Sox also had four days off. So did the 2017 Astros. And the 2016 Cubs. Does one day really mean that much? No, no, it’s not like that. Here’s an idea: maybe try not to rub moonshine on your ass?

It’s surprising that a team that is just two years away from a championship has now spent two years in Philadelphia losing its nerve. They are supposed to be tested and approved.

another bad look

Do you want to be meaner? I can do that:

Care to guess how many plate appearances Arcia had in that 2021 postseason?

Planes, trains and cars: what do you think the temperature is?

Baseball season is just one long tournament.

Let’s move on to the LCS, where none of the four teams won more than 90 games. I guess I’ll have to accept that this is my thing and I’ll have to get over it. It’s not that the MLB playoffs are just a tournament, the entire season is. The 162 games are just one obscenely long group stage. We think we know what it means and what it portends, and then the knockouts come and we learn something completely different. Do you remember how good the Japanese team, both men and women, looked in previous World Cups? And then he knocked them out and ate him. A lot of teams like that.

As for the Phillies, they are just a tournament team. They seem to know how to control this and not back away from the moment, and baseball is designed to make players back away from the moment. Do everything right and you’ll only make it to base a third of the time. Throw a great pitch all the time and some kicker will still punch the shortstop over the head.

But the Fightins get used to it. The guys they have, the guys they brought in to provide great moments, provide great moments. Harper, Castellanos, Turner, Wheeler, Schwarber, they eat it up. Meanwhile, the two MVP candidates, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Mookie Betts, are a combined 1-for-117 or whatever this week.

Okay, soon I’ll be dead and so will every other fan from my era and the remaining baseball fans won’t know any different. I am a product of another time, one that has already passed. I’ll get there eventually.

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